Speeders on a recent Saturday morning got quite the surprise as they zoomed down Interstate 40/85 – a “saturation patrol” with four different law enforcement agencies working together to crack down on those drivers with the problematic lead-foot.
Sheriff’s deputies from the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office worked with troopers from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and officers from the Elon and Burlington police departments. Between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and noon, more than a dozen law enforcement officials covered the roads between the 150 and 152 mile markers on both sides of the interstate, just north of the interstate’s Haw River exit.
According to a report in the Times-News, almost 100 vehicles were stopped, with more than 90 percent cited for speeding in excess of 80 mph in the 65 mph zone. The fastest violator was clocked at 92 mph.
The North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:
According the National Safety Council (NSC), speed is involved in one out of every three fatal crashes. Many people think most of these accidents happen on the highways because of the higher allowed speed limits, but statistics show that 47 percent of speed-related fatalities occurred on roads posted at 50 mph or less, and more than 20 percent occurred on roads posted at 35 mph or less.
Studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that speeding costs over $40 billion annually. Every minute "gained" by speeding costs over $76,000. And the most tragic outcome of all is that there are over 13,000 lives lost each year because of speeding.
Interstate 40/85 Alamance County, NC
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